Sunday, November 13, 2016

A NY Times Article on the New Arafat Museum Deserves a Museum of Its Own - by Ira Stoll

...I don’t begrudge Arafat his museum. But the cause of the Palestinians and of peace would probably be better served by a museum devoted to the journalistic sloppiness, slant and errors that prevent policymakers and participants from getting a decent grasp on what’s really happening. This particular Times article could be mounted and framed on a wall, or displayed in a glass case, in such a museum.

Ira Stoll..
11 November '16..

“Museum Honors Arafat But Avoids Conclusions,” was the headline on the print version of a New York Times dispatch from Ramallah about a $7 million new museum devoted to the life of PLO chairman Yasser Arafat. Alas, the same cannot be said of the Times article itself, which is full of conclusions, many of them wrong.

The article reports:

He died, according to the exhibit, after Israel apparently managed to poison him — this “based on evidence from laboratories and other medical reports as well as official statements by Israeli officials,” the text reads, though Israel denied involvement.

How this totally unsubstantiated and false accusation constitutes “avoiding conclusions” is left unexplained by the New York Times. Maybe some editor there also found the headline contradicted by the story, because the online version of the headline was eventually revised to the more accurate: “Museum Explores Arafat’s Legacy but Leaves Unanswered Questions.”

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